A Legal Way To Kill?

When President Obama decided sometime during his first term that he wanted to be able to use unmanned aerial drones in foreign lands to kill people – including Americans – he instructed Attorney General Eric Holder to find a way to make it legal – despite the absolute prohibition on governmental extra-judicial killing in federal […]

What Fourth Amendment? Police Raids Go Beyond the War on Drugs

On April 15, seven police officers in Peoria, Illinois raided the home of Jon Daniel and his roommates. They took various electronics, and kept several residents of the house cuffed for hours. The reason for this raid? Any good student of the current state of American policing might have guesses – was it drug trafficking? […]

Americans Are Getting Played on Ukraine

Psychologists call it projection, which is defined as a defense mechanism that involves taking our own unacceptable qualities or feelings and ascribing them to other people. Non-psychologists just call it being two-faced. Either way, both perfectly describe what the US is doing to Russia regarding Ukraine. Whether it’s accusing Russia of distributing anti-Semitic leaflets, violating […]

Iraq Security Ops, Bombers Leave 94 Dead, 68 Hurt

The lion’s share of fatalities today came out of Anbar province, where security operations and clashes killed dozens of militants. The number of casualties in Anbar cannot be independently confirmed, because there are few to no reporters there. The most dramatic attacked, however, occurred in a Shabak community in northern Iraq. Also, a Diyala province councilman was shot dead in that restive province

The Creation of a Border Security State

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Sometimes you really do need a map if you want to know where you are. In 2008, the ACLU issued just such a map of this country and it’s like nothing ever seen before. Titled “the Constitution-Free Zone of the United States,” it traces our country’s borders. Maybe you’re already tuning […]

Israeli Leaders Smear Even Peaceful Palestinian Efforts for a State

Even more threatening to Israel these days than the sporadic violence on its borders from the civil war in Syria or Islamist opposition to the military coup in neighboring Egypt is the peaceful and growing boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) movement in the West and in Palestine against Israeli companies and institutions, especially those that have […]

John Kerry, Clueless Buffoon

Oh, the burden of empire! It weighs so heavily on John Kerry’s shoulders: "Secretary of State John Kerry attested Tuesday to the massively complex challenges Washington faces in Ukraine, Russia, Iran and the Middle East, declaring ‘it was easier’ during the Cold War. "In a candid moment during a State Department speech, the top US […]

Uniformed Gunmen Attack Polling Center in Iraq; 29 Killed, 61 Wounded

Gunmen wearing military uniforms attacked a polling station near Kirkuk. That and other violence left 29 dead and 61 wounded across the country.

Nationalism, Not NATO, Is Our Great Ally

With Vladimir Putin having bloodlessly annexed Crimea and hinting that his army might cross the border to protect the Russians of East Ukraine, Washington is abuzz with talk of dispatching U.S. troops to Eastern Europe. But unless we have lost our minds, we are not going to fight Russia over territory no president ever regarded […]

Bombers, Clashes Leave 105 Dead, 127 Hurt Across Iraq

At least 105 people were killed and 127 more were wounded today when bombers struck deep into the Shi’ite south again. Baghdad also suffered from multiple bombing attacks. The now usual violence also occurred in Anbar and in the north.